Pastaio dishes up brilliant pasta and frozen fizz in central London.
The Italian restaurant scene In London is molto bene, but standing out from the crowd can be tough. Pastaio in Soho may just have found a way to catch people’s attention, however. The latest offering from talented chef Stevie Parle specialises in freshly made pasta, but it’s fair to say that one item from the drinks menu has caught our eye…
Yep, it’s those prosecco slushies. Hard to believe that humanity hadn’t dreamt up this truly inspired creation before. For the wonderfully reasonable price of £4.50, you can enjoy a glass of frozen prosecco goodness. Pastaio are currently experimenting with flavoured varieties, including a peach prosecco slushy which we’re sure is just… peachy.
However, the backbone of any Italian restaurant worth their salt is the pasta, and Soho’s Pastaio certainly delivers. Well, pastaio translates as “the pasta maker”, so it’s to be expected really. The restaurant hand-makes fresh pasta daily, using simple, seasonal ingredients. That results in dishes such as cacio e pepe, made using only three ingredients: black pepper, Pecorino cheese, and bucatini pasta. Looks like a beaut, and it will only set you back £7.
In fact, the whole menu is pretty reasonably priced. The majority of the mains are under £10, and the most expensive pasta you’ll find is the grouse, rabbit, and pork agnoli for £11. Trust us when we say it’s worth every penny.
If you aren’t feeling pasta (you feeling OK?), the antipasti menu offers more variety, and a couple of standouts. The fried mozzarella, nduja, and honey sandwich could honestly go toe to toe with London’s best toasted sarnies. You’ll also find salads and seafood on this menu, but really, how could you resist the pasta?
You might be in it for the prosecco slushies, or you may just be a huge fan of carbs. Either way, Pastaio might just be your new favourite Italian restaurant in Soho. Buon appetito!
Location: 19 Ganton Street, Carnaby, WIF 9BN. Nearest station is Oxford Circus. See it on Google Maps.
Opening hours: Sunday to Thursday, 12pm – 10:30pm. Fridays and Saturdays, 12pm – 11pm.
Entry: Pastaio don’t take reservations – if the restaurant is full, they’ll put you in a virtual queue. Once your table is ready, they’ll text you, which is lovely if you wanted to grab a drink in the meantime. Dinner and drinks will cost about £30, plus service.
More information: find out more on their website.
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